Ho Chi Minh City's culture department announced Saturday it decided to impose a fine of VND22.5 million (around $1,000) on a woman for attending a beauty pageant abroad without permission.
Lam Thuy Anh became the third runner-up at the Miss Global Beauty Queen 2015 organized in Seoul, South Korea early this month.
Anh, who represented herself at the city's culture department on Wednesday after returning from the beauty competition, said that she was waiting for a written decision from authorities.
“I hope to resolve this problem as soon as possible," she said.
Anh added that she had not applied for a permission because she got a visa to South Korea to participate in the beauty pageant too late, just two days before the opening day of the contest.
Anh flied to Seoul on October 7, two days after the beauty competition kicked off.
The HCMC culture department said it had reported the case to the Performing Art Department and the culture ministry's inspectorate for consideration.
According to Vietnam's official rules, those who want to compete in beauty competitions abroad must have at least one national title and must secure permission from the Ministry of Culture and Information.
However, as the maximum cash fine is only VND30 million (more than $1,000) and a three-month working ban, many models have broken the rule over the past few years, in hopes of winning an international title to give themselves a career boost in Vietnam.